Since the start of this year several artistes have faced the court for using expletives on stage during their performance. Most dancehall insiders think it’s insane to charge artistes for using expletives as dancehall events are adult shows and artistes should not be held responsible for patrons who bring kids at these events.
Mrs. Lynval, Age: 33
"I ‘m not a hundred percent with the idea of charging the artistes for using expletives on stage but sometimes I think they need to tone it down and try to find creative ways of expressing themselves".
Rodriquez Smith, 28 - vendor
"The government should look into the issue because these words that are not permitted to use in Jamaica on stage are frequently used curse words on shows overseas and no one gets charged. Words like b*mb*claat, r*ssclaat are made up words, I have no problem with those, but when they are going to use f**k, p*ssyh*le during there performance then they should be charged for using those words because that’s what you called international curse words".
Delroy Sharp Age: 33 - high school teacher
“I can understand where cursing has its place in the stage show environment as most of the time it serves as a means of expression and also ‘hypes’ up the crowd. As with anything else, I think there is an appropriate place and time, so it should not be done out of context of even focused on someone. At the end of the day adults should be able to enjoy themselves to the fullest in an adult environment".
Courtney AKA Mixer, Age: 24
"I don’t see the reason for charging the artistes them for using curse words on stage. It’s not like when they used an expletive someone will die by cursing those words. A next thing the promoters need to enforce strict rules that no kids should enter these venues. Remember its called stage show not a reggae festival it’s totally two different things".
Sashawna Williams Age: 21 - Cosmetologist
“I don’t think that bad offensive language should be banned from stage shows because it is a big people crowd. If two big people are in a room they are free to curse as they please, so what is the difference with a stage show if all the people are adults in the audience? A lot of these police who lock off and fight against these events are hypocrites because nuff times I hear them same one cursing too. They just love to fight poor people!”